The Children’s Media Foundation (CMF)

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Crunch Time in Oz

It’s a crucial time for Australian screen content Following Jenny Buckland’s February CMF News article about the trials of the Australian Kids Content industry, the campaign for local content is stepping up. More than 200 of Australia’s most renowned actors, directors, screenwriters, producers and production crew – including 15 Oscar winners – have penned an open […]

Industry Policy

Public Service Content Funding and Advertising Bans

Just when things started looking up…   CMF lobbyist, Jayne Kirkham reports from Westminster on a new initiative with potentially damaging consequences. There has been some guarded optimism with the DDCMS’ proposed contestable fund for kids’ content due to roll out in 2019.  But just as we start to maybe think about relaxing a little, something appears in our […]

Industry Policy

Contestable Fund

Planning for the new Contestable Fund for Public Service Content is under way, with the DDCMS and BFI meeting fortnightly to flesh out the remit and organisational structure. CMF will be meeting Ben Roberts, Director of the BFI Film Fundand responsible for the Contestable Fund planning, in June. What we know from conversations with the […]

Industry Policy

Internet Safety – from Green to White Paper

Culture Secretary Matt Hancock took to the airways on Sunday 20th May to announce his Department’s reaction to the results of their consultation on the Internet Safety Green Paper . You can read the CMF response to it here. It was clear from the consultation that users (including children) “feel powerless to address safety issues online and that technology companies operate without sufficient oversight […]


APPG Event – The Future of Children’s Television

Consultation Response Ofcom Children’s Review 2018 and PSB regulation final The All Party Parliamentary Group for Children’s Media and the Arts joined with the International Broadcasting Trust for an event in Westminster On 16th May 2018, Julie Elliott MP, Co-Chair of the APPG for Children’s Media and the Arts, hosted a reception and debate in the […]

Events Industry Policy

The Contestable Fund – Detailed Planning Under Way

In a recent meeting with a senior official at the Dept for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DDCMS) CMF was able to discover more detail about the plans for the new public service contestable content fund. On 30 December last year, the Department announced that the Fund would be dedicated to children’s content, and that the BFI would […]


Internet Matters

John Kent is Digital Representative on the CMF Executive Group. Here’s his take on the latest storms to hit Silicon Valley… Over the last few weeks social media – particularly Facebook – has been very much in the news. It follows an intense few months when digital platforms have been a regular source of headlines. […]

Industry Policy

Invisible Children

CMF Board member, Professor Jeanette Steemers (King’s College London), Christine Singer (King’s College London) and Professor Naomi Sakr (University of Westminster) are engaged in a long-term project studying children’s media in the Arab world. Their most recent work is an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project on “Children’s Screen Content in an Era of […]

Events Industry Policy Research

Ofcom Children’s Review – CMF Submission

Ofcom is reviewing the state of children’s media in the UK. 10 years on from their 2007 Review which produced the first startling evidence of market failure in children’s content provision and the collapse of commissioning at the recently unregulated commercial public service broadcasters, Ofcom is returning to the topic to ascertain what form regulation should […]


Common Sense?

CMF Academic Advisory Board member, David Kleeman has written a blog for Kidscreen magazine about the recent Common Sense Media and Center for Humane Technology initiative to create a Roadmap for Kids’ Digital Well Being. He expresses concerns about the way in which the issues were framed at an event associated with the launch and asks whether focusing almost entirely […]

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